Sue Barnes, RN, Kaiser Permanente’s national program leader for infection, was recently honored with the 2015 President’s Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The honor recognizes an APIC volunteer who has made outstanding professional contributions to the organization at the national level. The award was presented June 27 in Nashville, during the annual APIC Conference.
“Sue’s lifelong service to the field of infection prevention and to APIC in particular have been exceptional, and her contributions have made the world a better, safer place,” said Kaiser Permanente’s Doug Bonacum, vice president, Quality, Safety and Resource Management. “Her efforts have elevated the value and appreciation for the work done by infection preventionists everywhere.”
A member of APIC for nearly 30 years, Barnes was president of the San Francisco Bay Area APIC Chapter in 2013-14, and has served on the board of directors for the California APIC Coordinating Council. Among her numerous other contributions, she was lead author for the APIC Guide to the Elimination of Infections in Hemodialysis, participated in the development of the APIC Guide to Elimination of CRBSI (catheter-related blood stream infections), and was on the team that created APIC’s first course on infection prevention for ambulatory surgery centers.
“It’s been a privilege to be part of a compassionate organization that helps create a healthier world through the prevention of infection,” she said.
Since joining Kaiser Permanente in 1989, Barnes has held numerous important roles, including being national program leader for infection since 2007. In this position, she facilitates the national infection prevention leadership steering group, with the goal of optimization of infection prevention and control efforts in each of the seven Kaiser Permanente regions through knowledge sharing and standardization of products and practices. Barnes also sits on Kaiser Permanente’s National Nursing Leadership Council as a consultant for members. Along with infection prevention and control, her expertise includes epidemiology and performance improvement in patient outcomes, systems and processes.